Program Spotlight - Diesel Technology

Program Spotlight – Diesel Technology

Cody Barrick and Tom Wolfe are CPAVTS’ Diesel Technology instructors. Mr. Barrick teaches 1st year students while Mr. Wolfe instructs students in their 2nd and 3rd years in the program. Mr. Barrick is a graduate of CPAVTS and a former student of Mr. Wolfe! While a student here, he worked for Keen Transport through the cooperative education program. After graduation, Mr. Barrick attended The Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he received his Associate’s Degree in Diesel Technology. Mr. Barrick continued working for Keen and was promoted to foreman before coming back to CPAVTS as an instructor. He is in his second year as an instructor and has 10 years’ worth of experience as a truck mechanic.   Mr. Wolfe earned a certificate in Diesel Mechanics at Williamsport Area Community College and has worked as a truck and trailer mechanic, shop foreman, and manager. He is an ASE certified Master Truck Technician and Master Truck Equipment Technician and holds an advanced electronic engine diagnostics certification.

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Rotary Students of the Month - March


Nicole Pasquel is a Mechanicsburg Area High School student enrolled in the Advertising Art & Design program. She is vice-President of the National Technical Honor Society and performs volunteer work for SkillsUSA. She is an active member and volunteer for the Mechanicsburg Immanuel church. Nicole would like to travel and study in Scotland before returning to the United States to study Business Management.

Charles Snavely is an East Pennsboro High School student enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at Cumberland Perry. He

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Cooperative Education Spotlight - Devin Foster

Devin, a Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School Electronics Technology student, works on disassembling computer components for partnering employer, PC Parts. He was given this opportunity through the collaboration between the employer who agreed to take a part time student, TechBridge who offered a paid work experience, his home school who provide transportation, and an outside agency who provided a temporary job coach to help him adjust to the world of work. As of today, Devin has successfully learned the job and is increasing his speed daily to meet production goals. The employer is very pleased and has already stated they are likely to hire him on after the paid work experience.

New Employee Spotlight-Nancy Reitzel, Child Care Instructor

2014-03-06 Nancy Reitzel Employee Highlight

This November, Cumberland Perry AVTS was proud to welcome Nancy Reitzel to its family of educators as the new Child Care and Guidance Instructor. This week we're featuring a short interview with Mrs. Reitzel about the short time she has spent at the school:

What were you doing before you came to Cumberland Perry?

"I was a substitute teacher for East Pennsboro and West Shore school districts and I was working on my master's degree in early childhood education at Shippensburg University."

What made you decide to apply to CPAVTS?

"I taught preschool for years, and I'm a music teacher. Being able to combine the work I've done in childcare and teaching is an awesome opportunity!"

Is there anything specifically you're seeking to teach your students?

"Yes! I want my students to understand how important their work is--how important the preschool age is. At this stage, children are gaining the building blocks for the future, and with a quality preschool education they can function better later in life. Everything is so important, I need my students to understand how important they are and how important their education is."

What has been your favorite thing about working as the Child Care and Guidance Instructor so far?

"I love it when the preschoolers are here, and I love it when the students have well-planned lessons prepared for the day. When the students' faces light up like 'I did it!' and when the children are thinking, 'Wow, that was awesome!', [I feel like] there's no better job in the world!"

Thanks to Mrs. Reitzel for taking the time to answer a few questions! We hope to have her teaching with us for years to come!

Nursing Students Prepare for Clinicals

Nursing Clinicals-Merged

The first group of students in Kathy Lauver's program will soon be starting their clinical trials at the Oak Skilled Nursing Unit at Bethany Village. Students in the Nursing program at CPAVTS are required to complete 46 hours of residential care in addition to clinical exams, which they will complete afterward.

While at Bethany Village, students will start out working with a partner to care for a resident, providing help with everyday tasks, such as feeding and bathing. Students will then move on to work on their own to care for multiple residents, depending on how many people live at the Village. Additionally, students are encouraged to meet residents whom they are not in charge of caring for. The purpose for this, as Mrs. Lauver says, is to "spend time with residents who they aren't necessarily helping to get to know how to care for and communicate with people with communicative, physical, or psychiatric difficulties". And of course, in meeting new people, there is always the potential to make new friends!

Once the students return to their normal routine, they face the clinical exams, which test their skills and understanding of key concepts in the field. But first, they'll have to work through this more hands-on challenge. "They're nervous," Lauver said, "about caring for the residents. But they're looking forward to it as well. They worked hard to make up for these snow days and get in all the material they needed to learn [before going to Bethany Village]!"

Best of luck to the Nursing students as they prepare for their clinicals!


Pictured: Shawn Guyer (Mechanicsburg) and Morgan Reed (Cumberland Valley) have some fun while practicing nail care techniques while Carmen Gonzalez (Cumberland Valley) demonstrates how to properly drain a catheter.